Orange City Literature Festival

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"Orange City Literature Festival"

OCLF Nagpur features a variety of presentations and readings by authors, as well as other events, delivered over a period of several days, to celebrate the love for literature and writing. Our festival aims to provide an enthralling experience to the society by this celebration of literature.

The Orange City Literature Festival (Virtual) 2020 is being organized by SGR Knowledge Foundation in association with G H Raisoni University and Powered by Raisoni Group of Institutions. With the current pandemic situation, we will be conduction the festival online. This event is self-financed and has no registration fee for the visitors. We shall be involving prominent agencies and personalities to provide Media Support, Venue Support, Hospitality support, etc.

The festival intends to involve Poets, Writers, Actors, Journalists, personalities etc who will interact in English, Hindi, Marathi and Bengali to share their work and enlighten us with their ideas about literature and culture with talks, panel discussions, book signings, book readings, etc, during the course of this festival. Various workshops and contests on art, literature and culture will also be a part of the festival.

The gathering of these intellectuals during this festival will add value to the initiative. They will surely give an insight to the attendees to contemplate on and to discuss various topics in different languages - on literature, and life.

The Organising panel comprises of eminent people who are actively promoting cultural activities in Nagpur.

Chairman - RGI Mr. Sunil Raisoni and Founder of the Orange City Literature Festival

Members:-

Mrs. Varsha Shashank Manohar – President Women's Home Trust, Nagpur,

Dr. Rajan Welukar – Ex VC Mumbai University,

Dr. Radhakrishan Pillai – Renowned Author,

Mr. Ashutosh Ram Shewalkar – Businessman Author and Social Contributor.

Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Jairam Gadkari is an Indian politician and businessman from Maharashtra who is the current Minister for Road Transport & Highways and the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Government of India. Gadkari earlier served as the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from 2009 to 2013.He is also known for his work as the Public Works Department Minister of the State of Maharashtra, where, under his leadership, a series of roads, highways and flyovers across the state were constructed – including the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, India's first six-lane concrete, high-speed expressway. Gadkari is closely associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is headquartered in his home constituency of Nagpur. He currently represents the Nagpur constituency in the Lok Sabha, and is a lawyer and industrialist by occupation.

Ajay Shah

Abeer Kapoor

Abeer Kapoor

Abeer Kapoor, 28, is a journalist and the creator of India’s first election-based board game called ‘The Poll’. He is a graduate of Azim Premji University, Bangalore. His articles have appeared in Hardnews, the Wire, Scroll, Quartz and others. He has been profiled by CNN, vice, the Diplomat and several other national and international publications. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, with street dogs and is building several other board games.

Ajay Shah

Ajay Shah

Ajay Shah

Ajay Shah studied at IIT, Bombay and USC, Los Angeles. He has held positions at the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research and the Ministry of Finance. He is now Professor at NIPFP in New Delhi. He does academic and policy-oriented research on India, at the intersection of economics, law and public administration.

Ali Mehdi

Ali Mehdi

Ali Mehdi

Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan says he is often mistaken for an asura, for he too has curly hair! Anand had enough of the pranks of little asuras who irritated him in his sleep! And so, he decided to give it back to them in this book! When not disturbed by the naughty little devils, he writes many a bestseller, such as: The Rise of Sivagami (Baahubali: Before the Beginning Book 1); Asura: Tale of the Vanquished; Ajaya: Roll of the Dice; Ajaya: Rise of Kali; Vanara: The Legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara; and, most recently, Chaturanga (Baahubali: Before the Beginning Book 2)

Anand also devotes his time penning down screenplays for television, such as Siya Ke Ram, Ashoka, Mahabali Hanuman, and columns for The Hindu, Indian Express, the Washington Post and the Sunday Express Magazine. In his free time, Anand, along with his wife, Aparna, kids, Ananya and Abhinav, and trusty sidekick, Jackie the Blackie, battles clumsy and naughty asuras who are always ready with their next mischievous prank!

To know more about little asuras and their pranks, you can connect with Anand on his website: www.anandneelakantan.com, on Instagram: @itsanandneel, Twitter: @itsanandneel, and Facebook: Anand Neelakantan.

Anitha Murthy

Anitha Murthy

Anitha Murthy

Anitha Murthy is a software consultant by profession and works full time in an exciting technology space. She is a voracious reader and loves books, so it is not a surprise that she is also partner-cum-librarian at Cosy Nook Library, a library exclusively for children. She has been published both in print and online. She has written STEM based picture books like The Drawing Game and where is Nandini? With Pratham books. She has also published two books for older children - Great Folk Tales of the World and The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan, and she is currently working on a number of projects. She also writes poetry and has won prizes for them, the most recent being a contest conducted by Arts Illustrated magazine.

Anuj Tiwari

Anuj Tiwari

Anuj Tiwari

A TEDx speaker and marketing consultant settled in Mumbai, ANUJ TIWARI was brought up on the bustling streets of Bareilly. Tiwari studied in a Hindi-Sanskrit medium school where there were no English books. Seeing the kids of his neighborhood reading colorful storybooks, he started building dreams of being able to read in English; however, he kept those dreams to himself. Despite going through six months of depression and severe anxiety and trying to give up on his life in college, Tiwari is now the bestselling author of five books, inspired by real-life incidents. He has also been listed as one of the top ten most influential authors in India from 2016.

Aparna Karthikeyan

Aparna Karthikeyan

Aparna Karthikeyan

Aparna Karthikeyan is a dog mother, tree hugger and story teller. She has written for newspapers and websites about culture and livelihoods; books for big people (Nine Rupees an Hour, about the disappearing livelihoods of Tamil Nadu), and for children Kali Wants to Dance and Cat’s Egg. She shares her home with her husband, daughter, plenty of books, and two very important creatures—her dogs Puchu and Shingmo.

Arun Anand

Arun Anand

Arun Anand is an author and journalist who has authored 6 books so far including bestsellers 'Know About RSS' and 'The Saffron Surge:Untold Story of RSS Leadership'. His latest book was on 'Ramjanmabhoomi: Truth, Evidence,Faith' which he co-authored.

He is founder- editor of research and reference website www.thenationalistview.com. He is also research director at Delhi based think tank Vichar Vinimay Kendra.

Arun Maira

Arun Maira

Arun Maira

Arun Maira was part of Tata Administrative Service for twenty-five years and worked at various important positions in the Tata Group till 1989. He was the CEO of Tata Industries from 1977 to 1979 in Malaysia. He was a board member of Tata Motors from 1981 to 1989. He was resident director from 1981 to 1986 and executive director in corporate office from 1987 to 1989. He played a key part in the Tata Motors’ successful entry into the light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment. After leaving the Tata Group, he worked with Arthur D. Little in the US for ten years where he was leader of the Global Strategy and Organization Practice and managing director of Innovation Associates. In 2000, Arun Maira returned to India and held the position of chairman of Boston Consulting Group till April 2008. He served as a member of India’s Planning Commission from 2009 to 2014. Arun Maira is a thought leader and an author of several books on organizational and societal change. He has served on the boards of several companies, civil society organizations and education institutions. Presently, he is the chairman of Help Age International.

Boria Majumdar

Boria Majumdar

Aparna Karthikeyan

Boria Majumdar, a Rhodes Scholar, is the author of multiple books on Indian sport and its history. His most recent work, Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians was awarded the Rabindra Puraskar for Literature in 2018. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and Adjunct ofessor, Monash University, Melbourne. He also serves as Consulting Editor, Sports, for the India Today Group.

Chandan Deshmukh

Chandan Deshmukh

Chandan Deshmukh

Chandan Deshmukh, a TEDx speaker, is a 30-year-old Bengaluru based Electronics and Communication Engineer by chance and an SAP Basis engineer by profession..

While in school and college, Chandan preferred reading smart students over textbooks. This enabled him to unearth the plethora of secrets that are laid bare in his books '6 Secrets Smart Students Dont Tell You' and '7 Dream Jobs And How To Find Them', which have sold more than 1 lakh copies so far.

Theatre is Chandan's first love and he has acted and anchored on and off the screen. When he is not scaring his family with weird philosophies, he is likely to be swimming, travelling, skydiving or bungee jumping

Diana R. Chambers

Diana R. Chambers

Diana R. Chambers

Diana R. Chambers is an internationally renowned writer who has also worked in Hollywood as a costumer and scriptwriter. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, and president of Sisters in Crime-NorCal. She lives in a small San Francisco-area town with her fellow-traveller husband, arty daughter, brilliant mutt, and feral kitty, Marco Polo.

Harishchandra Barnawal

Harishchandra Barnawal

Harishchandra Barnawal

John Vater

John Vater

John Vater

John Vater holds an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa. He lived in India while researching Hindi literature as a Fulbright-Nehru student scholar, and in 2018 was selected as an emerging translator from the US to attend the Banff International Literary Translation Centre residency in Canada. His translations have appeared in Ploughshares, the Asia Literary Review, Words without Borders and Exchanges. He currently works as a research associate at the Institute of South Asian Studies in Singapore.

Jono Lineen

Jono Lineen

Jono Lineen

Jono Lineen is a curator at the National Museum of Australia. Jono was the first person to traverse the Western Himalayas, walking solo 2700km from Pakistan to Nepal. Dr Lineen’s research interests are in creativity and storytelling, and how the body can be a medium, a catalyst and a framework to generate both. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the start of the ‘Troubles’, moved to Canada as a young boy and spent almost 20 years traveling the world working as a forester, geologist, ski racer, deep sea fisher, mountain guide, humanitarian relief worker and writer. His books include River Trilogy, Into the Heart of the Himalayas and Perfect Motion.

Jyothi Kunjoor

Jyothi Kunjoor

Jyothi Kunjoor

Jyothi Kunjoor is a professional storyteller from Bangalore, who has conducted nearly 2000 storytelling sessions in her 8+ years as a raconteur. Jyothi is an accredited storyteller, certified by Kathalaya’s International Academy of Storytelling®, Bangalore, India. She has been an integral part of the Bangalore based Cosy Nook Children’s Literature Festival, BICFest 2019 as well as the Children & Teens International Online Festival conducted in 2020 by the Art of Living Foundation. Since 2016, Jyothi has been the storytelling teacher in Bethany High School, Bangalore. From schools to elite corporates, from teacher training workshops to story performances, Jyothi’s storytelling journey has taken her all over Karnataka as well as to Tamil Nadu and Telangana. She also enjoys reading, singing, whistling, anchoring musical shows, traveling and crocheting

Karnal Singh

Karnal Singh

Karnal Singh

Kaumudi Marathe

Kaumudi Marathe

Kaumudi Marathe

Khyrunnisa

Khyrunnisa

Khyrunnisa

Khyrunnisa A. is an award-winning writer of children’s fiction and the author of the hilarious Butterfingers series. Tongue in Cheek: The Funny Side of Life (2019) is her first book for adults. Her latest book for children, The Lizard of Oz and Other Stories (2019), is a collection of delightful animal stories. She writes regularly for the children’s magazine Dimdima and most of the stories in this collection first appeared in that magazine. Her stories, for adults and for children, have been published in various anthologies. She is a full-time writer and lives in Thiruvananthapuram.

Krish Ashok

Krish Ashok

Krish Ashok

Krish Ashok is not a chef but cooks daily. He is not a scientist, but he can explain science with easy-to-understand clarity. He trained to be an electronic engineer but is now a software engineer. He learnt to cook from the women in his family, who can make the perfectly fluffy idli without lecturing people on lactobacilli and pH levels. He likes the scientific method not because it offers him the ability to bully people with knowledge, but because it confidently lets him say, ‘I don’t know, let me test it for myself.’

When he is not cooking, he’s usually playing subversive music on the violin or cello. He lives in Chennai with a wife, who sagely prevents him from buying more gadgets for the kitchen, and a son, who has the flora and fauna in the neighbourhood terrorized. You can follow him at @krishashok on Twitter at your own risk.

Kuldeep Agnihotri

Kuldeep Agnihotri

Kuldeep Agnihotri

Lakshmi Iyer

Lakshmi Iyer

Lakshmi Iyer

Lakshmi Iyer is a banking professional in her day job. She slaves over her writing at night when her children are in bed. An MBA graduate from LeBow College of Business and an alumna of the Yale Writer’s Workshop, she writes creative non-fiction primarily, on her personal website www.lgiyer.com. She hopes to publish a memoir of her adoption journey someday. When Lakshmi is not working or writing, she enjoys cooking and watching random food videos on YouTube. She lives with her husband and her three daughters (two adopted and one biological) near Philadelphia, in the US.

Madhavi Menon

Madhavi Menon

Madhavi Menon

Madhavi Menon is Professor of English and Director for the Centre of Studies in Gender and Sexuality at Ashoka University. Her most recent book is titled Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India (2018), and she is currently at work on finishing a book titled The Law of Desire.

Mickey Mehta

Mickey Mehta

Mickey Mehta

Recipient of 'The Health & Wellness Icon of India' award by Economic Times and is among the '100 Most Impactful Wellness Leaders of the World' as announced at the Global Wellness Conclave 2018.

The first personal trainer of India, fitness columnist and fitness tv and radio presenter in India.

Author of best sellers 'The Shoonyam Quotient' & 'Lose Weight Gain Shape'

Only one in India to have an honorary double doctorate in Holistic Health & Life Sciences for Integrated Medicines

Has the rare distinction of training the Police, the Army, the Navy & the Airforce

Coach to Miss India, Miss Worlds, Miss Universes along and Bollywood biggies, politicians & India Inc billionaires

Recently joined to support the government's FIT INDIA Movement

Conducted webinars for Manipal Cigna Health Insurance, Lupin Limited, Procter & Gamble health Ltd, Aditya Birla Sunlife, Aditya Birla Health, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) & the Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association etc.

Dr. Mehta launched on hotstar, Tata Sky and Videocon DTH and put together a reach of 150 million.

The author, poet, philosopher, the brand, the institution, the legendary - DR MICKEY MEHTA who gets you Energized, Naturalized, Optimized, Maximized, Wellness Revolutionized and gets you MICKEYMIZED!!

Minnie Vaid

Minnie Vaid

Minnie Vaid has juggled multiple roles over a three-decade stint in mainstream media. She is a print and television journalist, a documentary filmmaker, creative producer for feature films and more recently, author of three non-fiction books, A Doctor to Defend: The BinayakSen Story (2011) Iron Irom: Two Journeys (2013) and The Ant in the Ear of the Elephant (2016). Her areas of interest include social and political issues in rural India, human rights, the environment and gender.

Mita Kapur

Mita Kapur

Mita Kapur

Mita Kapur is the founder and CEO of Siyahi, India’s leading literary consultancy. Her first book, The F- Word, is a food book, memoir and travelogue. She has edited Chillies and Porridge: Writing Food, an anthology of essays on food. As a freelance journalist, she writes regularly for different newspapers and magazines on social and development issues along with travel, food and lifestyle. She has received many awards, including the Femina Women Super Achiever Award (2018) at the World HRD Congress, the Maharani Gayatri Devi Award for Woman of Excellence (2014), and the Karamveer Puruskar (2009) for her work as a journalist in creating social awareness and for being the best literary consultant in the country. She curated Masala Chowk, a food court in street food in Jaipur in 2018, and was a member of the executive council for Jawahar Kala Kendra from November 2016 - October 2018. She is also the producer for the Woman Up! Summit, and Soul Connect Experiences, and was producer for Mountain Echoes – The Bhutan festival of Art, Literature and Culture (2010-2019). Mita is currently Literary Director for the JCB Prize for Literature.

Moupia Basu

Moupia Basu

Moupia Basu has a master's degree in English literature from St Stephen's College, Delhi University. She grew up in the Delhi of the seventies and eighties. She has worked as a journalist with Times of India, Economic Times, Indian Express and Business Today and has written on a variety of topics including business, education and travel. Her debut book, Khoka, was published in 2015.

Vaibhav Purandare is a senior editor at The Times of India, and author of the critically acclaimed Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography and Bal Thackeray & the Rise of the Shiv Sena

Nandini Sen Gupta

Nandini Sen Gupta

Nandini Sen Gupta is a Pondicherry-based journalist and writer. She already has several fiction and non-fiction titles to her credit. Her first published title was the non-fiction Babies from the Heart (published by Random House India). Her first two novels, The King Within and The Poisoned Heart – part of a historical fiction trilogy on the Gupta Empire published by HarperCollins India – are already out and the third book is due in the summer of 2021. Her first historical fiction title for young readers titled The Story of Kalidas: The Gem among Poets (published by Eicher Goodearth Publications) hit the stands last December and her next book -- a historical non-fiction title for young adult readers for Hachette India -- will debut this November. She is currently researching medieval India for a narrative historical non-fiction book for Penguin India.

Nandita Basu

Nandita Basu

Reading creates a space which is each one’s own space of sanctity. It is no ordinary space that it helps us create. It is nothing less than holy, for the reader and the writer share a communion unseen and unheard by the rest.

I honestly feel the phrase ‘children’s literature’ is very restrictive. An author writes because they have a story to tell. And stories can be heard by anyone. Some of course may appeal more to an age group. This however doesn’t mean it bars the rest from reading it. Some of my favourite books are

Nandita C. Puri

Nandita C. Puri

Nandita C Puri was born in Calcutta and spent her early childhood in boarding school in the former French colony of Chandernagore. She studied in Calcutta and Bombay, majoring in English Literature and worked as a writer and journalist with several newspapapers like The Telegraph, The Statesman,The Times Of India, The Reader’s Digest and others. For nearly a decade she wrote one of the most popular weekly film column on cinema for Mid-Day (Potpuri) and India’s largest circulated daily, Dainik Bhaskar (Khaas Chehre). She has also worked as a broadcast journalist for All India Radio and Radio Network (with former BBC Chief Mark Tully) in Calcutta. She has written for television and feature films, having penned a typical Bollywood commercial film called Mera Dil Leke Dekho (2006) apart from a number of documentaries and shorts. However, her collection of short stories, Nine On Nine (published by Rupa & Co.in 2005) has been critically acclaimed and well received. It has gone into many editions and has also been translated in German at the 2006 Frankfurt Book Fair. Besides one of the stories has been included in the Sahetya Akademi Anthology of Indian writers. Filmmaker, Mike Nichols (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Graduate, and Catch 22) wrote about nine on nine, “Nine on nine is fascinating because it is funny and full of life, the writing is a mixture of compassion and toughness, and it is really political writing in the highest sense. The closest I can compare this book is to Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.

Naveen Choudhary

Naveen Choudhary

Naveen Choudhary

Naveen Choudhary is an author and satirist. His political thriller Janta Store is soon going to be adapted as web-series. He works as Associate Marketing Director at Oxford University Press and leads Social science discipline marketing globally.

Madhavi Menon

Nayanjot Lahiri

Nayanjot Lahiri

Madhavi Menon

Paro Anand

Paro Anand

Paro Anand writes for children, young adults and adults. She won the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puruskar in 2017 for her anthology Wild Child (now published as "Like Smoke).[2] She has spoken about and written extensively on children's literature in India.[3][4] She headed the National Centre for Children's Literature, The National Book Trust, India, the apex body for children's literature in India. She also runs a podcast on HubHopper called Literature in Action,[5] and was an invitee to the India Conference at the Harvard Business School in 2018. She was awarded the Kalinga Karubaki Award for fearless writing, 2019.

Piyusha Vir

Piyusha Vir

Piyusha Vir

Piyusha Vir is a writer, blogger, workshop facilitator and a CELTA-certified English Language teacher. She was awarded the Top 5 position in the Orange Flower Awards 2018 in the category of Writing for Social Impact and was one of the finalists in 2020 in the category of Humour. She has been published in two multi-author anthologies, Mock, Stalk and Quarrel and The Readomania Book of Indian Mythology. After Just another Day, an ebook of thriller short stories and Dashavatar: Stories of Lord Vishnu (Readomania Publishing), Dasavatara (for children) is her third book.

Mr. Prabhu Chawla

Mr. Prabhu Chawla

Having begun as a reporter and spent over 40 years in journalism during which time he has headed The India Today group and The Indian Express as an Editor. Chawla has witnessed and recorded dramatic changes in Indian democracy — from the trauma of the Emergency, the pathos of Rajiv Gandhi's rise and fall and the angst of Mandal to the churning of liberalization and the rise of coalition politics..

Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai

Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai

Radhakrishnan Pillai, fondly known as CHANAKYA Pillai, He is a teacher to his students, an author to his readers, a management trainer, consultant and guide to his clients.

Radhakrishnan Pillai has been confirmed with the Sardar Patel National award 09 for this research on Chanakya and his principles. Also his first book 'The corporate Chanakya' has created record for the highest number of pre-release sales for any first book of an author.

Rajeev Sharma

Rajeev Sharma

Rajeev Sharma

Born and brought up in Bhind (Madhyapradesh)

Worked as SDM, CEOZP, DM in various districts of M.P.

IAS Officer of 2003 batch.

Worked as Secretary / Cmn in Urban Administration Envioroment, Aviation, Sericulture etc.

Presently working as Commissioner Handlooms & Handicrafts and Managing Director of M.P. Handlooms & Handicrafts Development Corporation with retail outlets in the brand name of Mrignaynee with various showrooms in different states.My hobbies & favorite passion is for Wild Life Photography, a Poet, Columnist and a Novelist. Apart from this I am a globe troter, travelled extensively through out our country.

Ramendra Kumar

Ramendra Kumar

Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is a writer, a storyteller and an inspirational speaker with 34 books for children, to his name. He has won 34 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust, over the years. This tally is one of the highest won by any writer.

Ramen’s writings have been translated into 29 languages. His stories have found a place in textbooks and anthologies in India as well as abroad. His tales have been showcased on several prestigious online platforms such as www.Kahaanifestival.com, Radio Mirchi, Google Podcasts & Apple Podcasts, Spotify etc. Ramen has been invited to literary conferences & festivals held in Denmark, Greece, Sharjah as well Indian events including the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival.

To know more about the writer you can visit his website www.ramendra.in & his page on Wikipedia. You can also view his work on Youtube and connect with him on Facebook.

Ruth Vanita

Ruth Vanita

Ruth Vanita taught at Delhi University for twenty years and is now professor at the University of Montana. She was founding co-editor of Manushi, 1978-90. She is the author of several books, including Love's Rite: Same-Sex Marriages in Modern India (2005); Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry in India 1780-1870 (2012); and Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema (2017). She is the co-editor of Same-Sex Love in India: A Literary History, and has translated many works of fiction and poetry from Hindi and Urdu to English, most notably Chocolate: Stories on Male-Male Desire by Pandey Bechan Sharma 'Ugra' (2008). This is her first work of fiction. She divides her time between Missoula and Gurgaon.

Sakoon Singh

Sakoon Singh

Sakoon Singh is the author of “In the Land of the Lovers.” (Rupa; 2020).

An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Panjab University, Chandigarh, Sakoon Singh, teaches Literature and Culture Studies at Chandigarh. A recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, she has published her academic writings extensively, including contribution to Cultural Studies in India by Routledge (2015). She has served on the editorial team of prestigious journals, Dialog and E3W Review of Books. She has written pieces, articles and op-eds on literature, art, culture and aesthetics for The Tribune, Hindustan Times, DNA and The Quint. She is currently also Associate Fellow at IIAS, Shimla.

Sanjaya Baru

Sanjaya Baru

Sanjaya Baru

Sanjaya Baru is Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analysis (IDSA) & United Service Institution of India (USI). He has been editor of India' s major financial Newspapers, the Economic Times, Financial Express and Business Standard. He was Media Advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Director for Geo-economics and Strategy, International Institute of Strategic Studies, London. He was professor of economics at University of Hyderabad, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations And the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. He was Secretary-General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry. He was member of India’s National Security Advisory Board in 1999-2001 and member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Policy Research. He is Founder-Trustee, Forum for National Security Studies, India. He was also member India-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group in 2010.

His publications include The Strategic Consequences of India’s Economic Rise, India and the World: Essays on Geo-economics and Foreign Policy, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh and 1991: How PV Narasimha Rao Made History and the Bombay Plan: A Blueprint for Economic Resurgence (2018).

Sanjeev Sanyal

Sanjeev Sanyal

Shri Sanjeev Sanyal is currently the Principal Economic Advisor to the Government of India and also serves as the Co-Chair of the G-20 Framework Working Group. He also represents India on a number of international forums.

Prior to joining the government in February 2017, he spent over two decades in the financial sector and was Global Strategist & Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. He was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. Shri Sanyal is also a well-known urban theorist and writer. In 2007, he was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for his work on urban dynamics. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore, a Senior Fellow of the World Wide Fund for Nature, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London, and an Honorary Professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. In 2015-16, he served in the Future City Sub-Committee of the Singapore government tasked with building a long-term vision for the city-state.

Shri Sanyal attended Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar (1992-95). His best-selling books include Land of the Seven Rivers, The Indian Renaissance, India in the Age of Ideas, and The Ocean of Churn, all published by Penguin. In addition, he had published around 200 articles, columns and reports in leading national/international publications.

Sarbpreet Singh

Sarbpreet Singh

Sarbpreet Singh is a writer, podcaster and commentator. He is also the author of the bestselling The Camel Merchant of Philadelphia, and the writer-narrator of the Story of The Sikhs podcast which has listeners in over ninety countries. You can follow him on Twitter: @sarbpreetsingh.

Saurin Desai

Saurin Desai

Saurin Desai is a published poet, comic-writer, scriptwriter, storyteller, content writer, and writing coach. He facilitates workshops on creative writing, brand storytelling, digital content, etc. and is an ideation as well as a content strategy consultant to many professionals as well as small and mid-sized businesses.

Shakti Maira

Shakti Maira

Shantanu Gupta

Shantanu Gupta

Shantanu Gupta

Shantanu Gupta, is an Indian Author, TEdx Speaker and Political Analyst. You can see him daily on TV debates on all leading channels. He is a published author with renowned publications like Sage, Bloomsbury and Rupa Publications. His latest Book - BJP – Past, Present & Future is leading the charts on Amazon. His last book – ‘The Monk Who Became Chief Minister’ - Biography of Yogi Adityanath, is listed as the ‘Most memorable Non-Fiction Books of 2017’ by Amazon. Shantanu has an engineering degree from GB Pant University, Management education from XLRI, Jamshedpur and did his masters in policy and politics from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex (United Kingdom). Shantanu has worked for a decade as a process and management consultant in many cities in India, Switzerland, Cyprus, Hungry and Israel. He has represented India in many international conferences on economy and policy, in Germany, Malaysia & Srilanka. Before this,

Sharmila Kantha

Sharmila Kantha

Sharmila Kantha

is author of 9 books, including crime fiction, business history and children's picture books. She has curated and edited many publications on Indian industry and international trade and moves seamlessly across fiction and non-fiction genres. As communication lead for an apex industry association, she is also trying to keep pace with fast-evolving digital formats, while keeping an eye on the latest in detective novels.

Shiv Khera

Shiv Khera

Shiv Khera

Mr. Shiv Khera is an Author, Educator, Business Consultant and a much sought-after speaker.He inspires and encourages individuals to realize their true potential. He has taken his dynamic personal messages to opposite sides of the globe, from the U.S. to Singapore. His 40 years of research and understanding has put millions on the path of growth and fulfillment.

Over 8 million copies of his books have been sold globally including his international bestseller “You Can Win” in 21 languages.

His clients include Lufthansa, HP, DHL, HSBC, Canon, Nestle, Philips, Mercedes, Johnson & Johnson, Metlife and many more.

Tens of thousands have benefitted from his dynamic workshops internationally in over 20 countries and millions have heard him as a Keynote Speaker. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows.

Mr. Khera is the brand ambassador of Round Table Foundation. He has been honored by The Lions International and Rotary International.

His Trademark is - “Winners don't do different things, They do things differently.”

Sonal Mansingh

Sonal Mansingh

Dr. Sonal Mansingh, was nominated by President of India to Rajya Sabha the Upper House of Indian Parliament in July 2018 in recognition of her life-long dedication and service to India’s arts. She is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan in 2003 from Shri APJ bdul Kalam and Padma Bhushan in 1992 from Shri R. Venkataraman. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi nominated her as a NAVRATNA for Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission).

Her unique contribution has been her lifelong work using her knowledge to address socio-cultural issues through the chosen medium of dance, as a soloist, teacher, choreographer and motivational speaker.

As the Founder-President of Shri Kamakhya Kalapeeth (Centre for Indian Classical Dances, est. in 1977 at Delhi) she has trained several thousand talented students who are carrying the message of Indian culture globally. She teaches the Art as holistic concept combining music, yoga, Sanskrit and cultural traditions of India.

Sonali Misra

Sonali Misra

Sonali Misra is an author and PhD researcher in Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling, UK. Her debut nonfiction book, 21 Fantastic Failures: and what their stories teach us, was released from Rupa Publications in September 2020.

Her writing has also appeared in British and Indian anthologies. She worked in the Indian publishing industry for four years and is the Co-chair of the Society of Young Publishers Scotland. Sonali is also the Co-founder of The Selkie Publications CIC (www.theselkie.co.uk), an international literary magazine that promotes and publishes underrepresented voices.

Sreedeep Bhattacharya

Sreedeep Bhattacharya

Sreedeep Bhattacharya

 Sujeev Shakya

Sujeev Shakya

Sujeev Shakya

Sujeev Shakya is a thought leader who traverses many worlds. He earned the title of Nepal's CEO (chief eternal optimist) for the optimism he projected in his book, Unleashing Nepal. He writes and speaks extensively on business, development, economy and leadership. He writes a regular column for the Kathmandu Post. His book unleashing the Vajra – Nepal’s Journey between India and China was launched at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020.

Suman Dubey

Suman Dubey

Suman Dubey

Tanushree Podder

Tanushree Podder

Tanushree Podder

Born at New Delhi, Tanushree worked in the corporate sector for eight long years before she quit the rat race to start writing. A well know travel writer and novelist, she is passionate about travelling and writing. Climate change and environment are of special interest to her.

She has written ten novels. Among her books are Nurjahan’s Daughter, Boots Belts Berets, On the Double, Escape from Harem, A Closetful of Skeletons, Before you Breathe, No Margin for Error and The Teenage Diary of Rani Laxmibai.

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh is a Scientia Professor of Arifticial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a "rock star" of Australia's digital revolution. Professor Walsh is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives. He has, for example, been a leading voice in the discussion about killer robots, speaking at the UN in New York and Geneva on the topic. He appears regularly on TV and radio. He has authored two books on AI for a general audience, the most recent titled "2062: The World that AI Made" which is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish and Vietnamese. The book has just been published in India by Speaking Tiger.

Vinay Nalwa

Vinay Nalwa

Suman Dubey

Vinay Nalwa is an author and columnist. She has a Masters's degree in Social Work and a PhD in Sociology. She has worked extensively on gender-specific mental health issues also. She has written extensively on various socio-political issues on major media platforms. She has co-authored the book 'Ramjanmabhoomi: Truth, Evidence, Faith'. Her forthcoming book is on the inquisition and liberation of Goa. She is a senior fellow with Delhi based think tank Vichar Vinimay Kendra

Vishes Kothari

Vishes Kothari

Vishes Kothari

A financial consultant by profession, Vishes Kothari completed his masters in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, prior to which he studied at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and King’s College, London. He then taught mathematics at Ashoka University before turning to financial consulting.

He is a native of Sadulpur in Rajasthan and has a keen interest in the oral and musical traditions of his state. He has been associated with UNESCO-Sahapedia on projects focussed on the musical traditions of women in Rajasthan, and as a language expert with the Jaipur Virasat Foundation.

Zainab Priya Dala

Zainab Priya Dala

Zainab Priya Dala

Her debut novel, “What About Meera” was published in 2015 by Penguin Random House South Africa. The novel won first prize in the Minara Literary Awards, was longlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Awards, and longlisted for the Etisalat Prize, UAE. It was also named one of the Top Ten African Novels of 2015 by Afridiaspora.com.

She has published short stories and articles in the literary fiction genre in various newspapers and magazines in South Africa, including The Natal Witness, Marie Claire, and Elle Magazine.

She has been second prize winner in the 2012 True Stories of KwaZulu Natal.

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